The Speed of Change

The Speed of Change

When we were small children, the future was simply tomorrow. While it seemed distant, it was only a good night’s sleep away.  Later, the future turned into dreams: what will you be when you grow up?  The future felt like it was eons away, but it beckoned us with...
Everything Breaks Down

Everything Breaks Down

Any homeowner can tell you concrete cracks.   Metal also rusts.  Wood warps.  Caulk fails. Paint peals and sunlight fades everything.  Sometimes we can get by with touching up our home’s age spots.  But, if we own the house long enough, we eventually face a remodeling...
Why I Love the Church

Why I Love the Church

My mother-in-law died twenty-five years ago.  One of my wife’s brothers, also a pastor, preached the eulogy.  His title for his message was, “How the Church Saved My Family.”  In it he described his mother’s home life as a child.  He held nothing back as he explained...
When Being Smart isn’t Enough

When Being Smart isn’t Enough

Work smarter.  Whenever we feel the pressure of too many responsibilities and not enough time, someone reminds us to work smarter.  Soon we get the impression that being smart is the key to effectiveness in most areas of life. We believe the smartest people always...
Seventeen Year Locusts and the Long View of Life

Seventeen Year Locusts and the Long View of Life

Recently I returned to my home state of West Virginia to conduct a funeral for a distant relative.  Following the service at the funeral home, we drove to the cemetery in a procession.  After arriving, I walked to the back of the hearse where I joined the funeral...